Christopher Rosenmeier

Lecturer in Chinese


Christopher Rosenmeier has a BA in Chinese with Mathematics (1998) and an MA in Chinese (2001), both from the University of Copenhagen. He completed his PhD in modern Chinese literature at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in 2006. He was a Chiang Ching-kuo postdoctoral fellow at Cambridge University for two years before joining the University of Edinburgh in 2009.

Responsibilities & affiliations

Christopher Rosenmeier and Natascha Gentz are the editors of the journal Modern Chinese Literature and Culture. For journal matters, please write to

Undergraduate teaching

Christopher teaches a number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses on modern Chinese literature and culture. He also gives lectures and tutorials on Chinese history, social developments, intellectual thought, etc.

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Current PhD students supervised

Hoi Yi Wong, Individual and Politics in International Visual Threshold: A Study of Mu Dan's Wartime Poetry

Kelsey Tong, The Alienation of Cultural Hybridity: Rewriting Postcolonial Mirror Images in Eileen Chang and Somerset Maugham

Past PhD students supervised

Chen Yiran, On Beijing School Literature in the Enlightenment of Sensibility: Texts, Aesthetics and Religion

Ge Chunxu, A comparative study of the fiction of Charles Dickens and Zhang Tianyi

Liu Yixin, “Stream of Consciousness” and Feminist Poetics: A Study on the Works of Lu Yin and other Republican Women Writers

Ma Xuecong, The Crescent Moon School: The Poets, Poetry, and Poetics of a Modern Conservative Intellectual Group in Republican China.

Pan Chienwei, After Hunger: Culinary Nostalgia in Taiwanese Literature and Culture, 1949-Present

Zou Li, Narrations of the human body in Chinese American diasporic literature set during the Second Sino-Japanese War

Research summary

Christopher Rosenmeier's research focuses on the literature of the Republican period, especially popular literature and the Shanghai modernist writers of the 1930s. This has resulted in several articles and a monograph published in 2017 on popular fiction during the Second Sino-Japanese War: On the Margins of Modernism: Xu Xu, Wumingshi, and Popular Chinese Literature in the 1940s. He is currently interested in how tales of the supernatural in the 1930s and 40s echoed earlier ghost stories from the dynastic period.

Knowledge exchange

Christopher Rosenmeier coorganized MCLC Video Lecture Series with Kirk A. Denton.

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Conference details

  • "Erotic Literature and its Discontents - The Case of Wang Xiaoyi", The European Association for Chinese Studies (EACS) Conference, Glasgow University, 2018.
  • “Wang Xiaoyi and the Literature and Titillation", The British Association for Chinese Studies (BACS) Conference, Glasgow University, 2017.
  • “Pirates, Ghosts, and Gypsies: Tales of Foreign Lands in Xu Xu's Popular Fiction of the 1940s”, Guest speaker, University of Manchester, 2017.
  • “Heroes of Korea in Wumingshi’s Wartime Fiction”, Dimensions of Mobility Workshop, University of Edinburgh, 2015.
  • “Poverty Policy and Its Local Implementations: An Exercise in Comparing Dibao Policy Across State Levels”, The British Association for Chinese Studies (BACS) Conference, University of Edinburgh, 2011.
  • “The Politics of Mu Shiying’s Nanbeiji”, Encounters and Transformations: Cultural Transmission and Knowledge Production in a Cross-Literary and Historical Perspective, 1850-1960, University of Cambridge, 2009.
  • Co-organizer of “Junior Scholars Conference on Modern Chinese Literature and Culture”, University of Cambridge, 2009.
  • “The New Woman Stereotype in the Fiction of Shi Zhecun”, Institute for Chinese Studies lecture series, Oxford University, 2008.
  • Co-organizer of “Southern England Conference on Chinese Literature”, University of Cambridge and SOAS, 2008.
  • “Echoes of Modernism in the Works of Xu Xu”, Translations and Transformations, University of Cambridge, Yale University and Tsinghua University, 2008.
  • “The Adaptation of Modernism into 1940s Popular Fiction - Two Novels by Wumingshi”, CRASSH workshop, University of Cambridge, 2008.
  • “Travels and Exoticism in Xu Xu’s Fiction in the 1930s and 1940s”, The Third International Junior Scholars’ Conference on Sinology, Suzhou University, 2005.
  • “Representations of Tradition in the Fiction of Shi Zhecun and Xu Xu”, Tradition and the Modern, University College, 2005.